Employment & Training

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T)


  • During the closure of our offices we will be taking care of our clients over the phone.  This includes orientations.  Call (406) 247-4732 if you have any questions.
  • Under emergency circumstances a personal meeting with a Pathways staff member can be arranged.

SNAP E&T helps SNAP recipients achieve their self-sufficiency goal by providing opportunities for work experience, education and job retention training activities. One-on-one support is provided through case management to assist with obstacles which prevent individuals from becoming gainfully employed.

Do you provide SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps)?

No. You must apply for SNAP benefits at the Office of Public Assistance. Once you are eligible for SNAP benefits, you are referred to HRDC for the SNAP E&T Program.

Who is eligible to participate?

SNAP E&T is designed for SNAP recipients in Yellowstone County who are seeking employment.

What is required of me?

You are required to meet with your Case Manager on a weekly basis and complete 20 hours of employability activities that have been agreed upon by you and your Case Manager.

Are there supportive services available?

Yes, on a limited basis. Supportive services are available for participants who are in compliance with the program. SNAP E&T Case Managers can assist with transportation assistance, interview or work clothing, classes, and other expenses that are directly related to participation in SNAP E&T.

What will my Case Manager provide?

You and your Case Manager are a team. Together you will decide what obstacles are preventing you from becoming employed. We will provide you with referrals and support to help you overcome those obstacles. Your Case Manager is aware of the resources in the community that would benefit you. The SNAP E&T Case Manager is your ally, and truly cares about helping you succeed in becoming self sufficient.

How long can I be in the SNAP E&T program?

SNAP E&T services will be available to you, as long as you are in compliance with the program, until you achieve employment.

For more information

Call (406) 247-4732 or Email info@hrdc7.org

 

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Pathways – For Participants


  • During the closure of our offices we will be taking care of our clients over the phone.  This includes orientations.  Call (406) 247-4732 if you have any questions.
  • Under emergency circumstances a personal meeting with a Pathways staff member can be arranged.

The Pathways program is designed to support individuals who are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in their pursuit of self-sufficiency. Pathways offers opportunities for job readiness training, makes available supportive services to address client identified barriers, and provides one-on-one client advocacy.

How can I enroll in the Pathways program?

Enrollment begins at the Office of Public Assistance. Once eligible for TANF, you will automatically be referred to HRDC’s Pathways program.

Is participation in the Pathways program required in order to receive TANF funds?

Yes. Approval of your TANF benefits is dependent on meeting Pathways and other eligibility requirements determined by the Office of Public Assistance.

What is required of me?

You will be required to complete 27-33 hours of activities each week that will help you accomplish your family’s self sufficiency goals. You will need to attend Pathways meetings as scheduled and provide documentation of completed activities.

Are there supportive services available to participants?

Yes, once your TANF benefits have been authorized. Supportive services for transportation assistance, interview or work clothes and other employment tools are available on a limited basis.

What will my Client Advocate do?

Your Client Advocate will assist in negotiating activities suitable for your current job readiness needs and request supportive services on your behalf as needed. Your Client Advocate may also provide referrals to various programs, classes, and other service providers in your community.

How long can I be in the Pathways program?

You are allowed sixty months of TANF assistance nationwide during your lifetime.

For more information

Call (406) 247-4732 (Billings) / (406) 665-2523 (Hardin) or Email info@hrdc7.org

 

This project is funded in whole or in part under a Contract with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The statements herein do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Department.

Work Experience Programs for Employers


Work Experience Sites provide participants with work opportunities to develop skills, knowledge, and work behaviors to increase their employability. Participating businesses provide mentoring, supervision and on-the-job training.

How does my business become a work site?

The first step is to contact HRDC’s Employment and Training program staff at (406) 247-4732 to learn about the different types of work experience. The Case Manager will then provide you with minimal paperwork that takes only a few minutes to complete.

Is there a cost to my business?

No, but there is an investment of your time in providing direct supervision and your business must be in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

What are the benefits?

Work sites are a great way to give back to your community and to someone in need of acquiring work skills to increase their employability. In exchange for your mentorship we ensure there is no increase in your payroll. In addition, each participant comes with a Case Manager, who will act as a liaison when there are performance issues.

How long can a participant work at my business?

In some cases, participants are required to work between 20-40 hours per week. Length of time varies from 700 hours up to 6 months depending upon the type of program the individual is participating in.

At what point can I hire the participant?

You are encouraged to offer a paid position at anytime. The goal is to provide the participant a natural transition from an assistance program to entering competitive, unsubsidized, employment.

Which employers are participating as Work Experience Sites?

Here are a few employers who have participated in the past:

For more information

Call (406) 247-4732 (Billings) / (406) 665-2523 (Hardin) or Email info@hrdc7.org

 

This project is funded in whole or in part under a Contract with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The statements herein do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Department.